3 July 2016

A snail crawls

up the Adirondack chair leg

stretches its neck, scooches

forward, now sideways, or is it up

side down? Its feelers—almost antlers—

do a 360, the move forward

sure, I’m sure,

of its destination.

The heart wants what it wants, whether

you’re Selena Gomez or a summer snail.


It knows what it’s doing.

Those antlers are eyes.


  1. I liked the line break after “up”!

    This reminds me of a book I read last year or so, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating. Ever read it?

  2. “those antlers are eyes.” I probably will never look at a snail in the same way again….